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Sir John Swan to give evidence to inquiry into historic land losses

The country’s longest-serving premier and law firm Cox Hallett Wilkinson have been given standing to be heard by the Commission of Inquiry into Historic Land Losses.

Sir John Swan appeared before the Commission yesterday, represented by lawyer Kim White, who also appeared on behalf of the law firm.

Norma Wade-Miller, the Commission chairwoman, also ordered that the two parties should be served with all the relevant evidence, which is expected to be handed over by next Tuesday.

Sir John and Cox Hallett Wilkinson will have 21 days to hand over any evidence they wanted entered to the commission.

Dirk Harrison, counsel for the CoI, did not object to the applications for standing.

Charles Brown earlier alleged that lawyers and politicians – including two former premiers – were among a group of “players and acquaintances” who profited from dodgy land deals.

Mr Brown listed Sir John and Sir Edward “ET” Richards, former United Bermuda Party premiers, David Wilkinson, who was a Speaker of the House of Assembly and others whom he claimed “worked together to deprive” his relatives of “what was rightfully theirs”.

The group highlighted by Mr Brown included Cox Hallett Wilkinson

Mrs Wade-Miller said Sir John and Cox Hallett Wilkinson had been served with “adverse notice”, giving them an opportunity to speak to the allegations before the commission.

Mr Brown is the brother of the late Progressive Labour Party MP Walton Brown, who campaigned for an inquiry into land losses.

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Published December 05, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated December 04, 2020 at 7:17 pm)

Sir John Swan to give evidence to inquiry into historic land losses

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